How does your business score on our cloud checklist?

The cloud offers business benefits for companies of all sizes, but how many are you making use of? Here are our top 5 cloud must haves for your business.


1. Office 365

As well as providing access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device, Microsoft Office 365 offers simple and secure collaboration with colleagues, customers and business partners. Whether you’re working in your office or on the go, you’ll get the same experience. Office applications let you create, edit, and share from your PC/Mac or your iOS, Android or Windows device with anyone, in real time. Dependant on the plan purchased, a user is permitted to install Office 365 on 5 devices.


2. Cloud Telephony

Phone systems have evolved. Advances in cloud technology mean it’s no longer essential to have a clunky onsite phone system (‘PBX’), saving space and most importantly, money. With low upfront costs, cloud hosted solutions are ideal for small to medium sized businesses. A cloud hosted phone system gives your team the freedom to pick up their office calls wherever it’s most convenient for them. This is made possible through use of your existing broadband connection, requiring no extra phone lines, regardless of how many users you need to add now, or in the future.


3. File Backup

Cloud backup provides seamless and secure backup of your data to the cloud and takes care of the management and monitoring for you. Our service guarantees that your backups are secured, scalable, fast and efficient. The option of online access to your backups allows you to share and restore files from anywhere via a web interface.


4. Anti Virus

Are you currently running anti-virus for your business? If yes, do you run regular checks to ensure it’s up to date? We recommend our clients use a cloud based anti-virus solution from Bitdefender, regularly voted the number 1 detection product on the market. It will guard your computer against virus, rootkits, phishing, data loss and web threats, with scheduled full scans, for all your employees, at times that suit your business.


5. Email Security

With the number of cyber-attacks against businesses on the rise, IT and email security has never been more essential. Symantec Protect.Cloud gives protection from email-borne malware and provides 100% protection from known and unknown viruses. It also prevents email spam from reaching your network and improves employee productivity by virtually eliminating the need to read and delete unsolicited messages.

To learn more about how our cloud services can benefit your business, please contact your Grapevine account manager. Alternatively, please call 01202 644434 or email to arrange a free initial consultation.